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If you use both Chrome and Gmail, then the list of extensions and apps 11 Chrome Extensions That Will Super-Power Your Gmail Experience 11 Chrome Extensions That Will Super-Power Your Gmail Experience Google makes the Chrome browser and Google makes Gmail. Naturally, you have some great Chrome extensions to make your Gmail experience better. Read More gets better and better. The days of a simple basic inbox are now over. If you thought threaded conversations were the best thing since sliced bread, then the ones we have here below will make your pants blow off.

Now before the Firefox zealots send the hit squad after me, I would like it to be known that I will be spreading the delicious creamy Gmail goodness across the Firefox piece of bread very soon. Watch this space.

Block the Annoyers with Block Sender

This is my all-time personal favourite extension right now. Do you have really annoying relatives? Perhaps a demented ex-girlfriend who makes Stephen King’s Carrie look like a well-adjusted young lady? Or simply a newsletter that won’t take an unsubscribe for an answer? Whatever the reason, Block Sender gives you a block button to send them all off to your trash bin. Har! Har!

But it gets even better than that. After blocking them, you can then send them a fake “failed permanently” error message. That will make them think you have shut down your address, and they will hopefully then leave you alone. High five!

A Big Window with Old Compose

Google makes a lot of changes to their products. Many good, but just as many bad. And when they make a bad one, they almost never respond to user complaints and reverse themselves. They simply dig their heels in and adopt a “you’ll get used to it” attitude.

But you shouldn’t have to get used to it, and if you look hard enough, you will usually find someone who feels the same way as you, and has found a way back. This is the case with “Old Compose”. There are many people who hate the new Gmail compose window Gmail's New Compose Cleans Up Clutter, Enables Multitasking Gmail's New Compose Cleans Up Clutter, Enables Multitasking Gmail's new compose mode is simple, it's clean, and it's a great sign that Google isn't done improving Gmail yet. Back in July Google acquired Sparrow, a brilliant email client for Mac and iOS users.... Read More and want to go back to the old one. This extension does just that,

The only snag is that if you have any other Gmail-related extensions going, then they may conflict with this one. So you may need to make some hard choices if you find yourself in that situation.

Create Your Own with Newsletter Creator

Of course, there are numerous newsletter creators Who Else Wants An Easy Way To Set Up A Newsletter? Who Else Wants An Easy Way To Set Up A Newsletter? If you write for the Web, building a good-sized readership is a necessary step in boosting your online authority. Starting a newsletter is one effective way to go about it. Read More and senders out there, but have you ever thought that your Gmail account could be used for that? Nope, me neither. But apparently this extension allows you to do exactly that. You can design your email newsletters, and maintain an email mailing list. Oh, and you can also track the performance of those emails.

This is a service with both a free and a paid plan. The only restriction for the free plan is that you can’t have any more than 25 subscribers. So this would be good for a small club, group, association, etc. Paid plans start at $10 a month.

Get Email Insights with Sidekick

There are several extensions around, which give you extensive information about the person who is emailing you Rapportive For Chrome: The Ultimate Tool For Connecting With Your Contacts In Gmail Rapportive For Chrome: The Ultimate Tool For Connecting With Your Contacts In Gmail Have you ever received an email and wondered if it was legitimate or not? Or maybe you have corresponded with someone and were curious to know more about them. Of course you could ask, but... Read More . The most well-known is Rapportive, which was acquired by LinkedIn not too long ago. But now rivals are starting to nip at Rapportive’s heels, and one of them is Sidekick.

The benefits of Sidekick are numerous. When you open an email, you can see the person’s job title, where they work, social profiles, and recent tweets (good for filtering out the crazies!). You can also schedule emails to be sent later (just like Boomerang or Streak).

But the best feature is being told whether or not your email has been opened and read. There’s nothing worse than sending an email and not knowing whether or not it arrived, and has been read (think of an important application). Now you can know.

You’ve Got Gmail

Remember that really bad movie back in the 1990’s with Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan? Yeah this one :

Notice how they sat at their computers, hearing AOL’s “You’ve Got Mail!”. Do you miss those nostalgic days of hearing that? “You’ve Got Gmail” aims to bring that back. After installing, every time you get new email, you will get the AOL’s “You’ve Got Mail!” announcement. If it starts to annoy you, you can mute it.

Make your inboxes cool with a dash of movie catchphrase and a dose of fake error messages. Then come back here and tell me which Chrome extensions you are using to make your inboxes look fantastic.

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  1. Victor
    February 20, 2015 at 3:43 am

    I actually like the new compose window :) I can actually browse my email for related information while keeping the email I'm composing open.

  2. Mark O'Neill
    February 20, 2015 at 3:19 am

    Guy?! My name is Mark!!! :-))

    Yes we rebranded the column a few months back, as we figured it was time for an upgrade. We reduced the frequency as the column involves a lot more work, and we wanted to gauge reader reaction first before going too bat-crazy with lots of posts!!

  3. Dr Evan Mitchell Stark
    February 19, 2015 at 9:04 pm

    Hey Guy.

    It seems to me, the od' Website and Tools has a new name. That doesn't bother me. The reduced frequency does.

    Best,
    Evan M. Stark Phd

  4. Charity
    February 19, 2015 at 4:43 pm

    "Block Sender" only allows you to block 5 emails for free. If you want to block any more than that (are you freakin' kidding me???!!!) you have to put out $29 for the "pro version." Epic fail.

  5. Richie
    February 19, 2015 at 12:39 pm

    That "You've Got Mail" extension does not compare to the full fledged Checker Plus for Gmail which let's you choose from several sound effects, including "You've Got Mail" from the developer's voice! The extension http://jasonsavard.com/checkerPlusForGmail and the sound options http://jasonsavard.com/wiki/Sound_notifications_for_emails

    • Saikat
      February 21, 2015 at 7:34 am

      That's a nice suggestion Richie. As the developer also says, it is great for the visually impaired.

  6. Mark M.
    February 19, 2015 at 12:17 pm

    I use both Checker Plus for G-Mail and Checker Plus for Google Calendar. Checker Plus for G-Mail gives you the choice to use both a verbal "you've got mail" message (or any other audio snippet you choose) as well as a small number count in your browser. Checker Plus for the Google Calendar does the same. It's a nice interface on both. It's available on the web-store for desktops. You can check it out there.

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